The sweet smell of success rings through the Adelphi Theatre. Waitress is based on the 2007 film of the same name. Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county and a satisfying run-in with someone new in town show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. It’s an absolutely heartwarming show, with the perfect mixture of tear jerking songs and a hilarious script, the kick ass all female creative team mix together the ingredients to create the perfect recipe for a hit.
I was lucky enough to catch Lucie Jones, making her unexpected Waitress debut earlier this week. Jones won the audience’s hearts with her gorgeous portrayal of Jenna, Jones shows us she’s absolutely perfect for the role, her voice is perfection and her rendition of ‘She Used To Be Mine’ earned an rapturous applause from a doting audience and her overall performance got a much deserved standing ovation at the end of the show. Jones is perfectly matched with David Hunter as the new doctor in town, Dr Pomatter, he’s incredibly charming and geeky and all you want to do is take him home and keep him in your pocket! The chemistry was undeniable between the two during ‘Bad Idea’ and ‘You Matter To Me.’ Heart warming and heart breaking at the same time, you can’t not love them!
Laura Baldwin and Jack McBrayer steal the show with their comical characters Dawn and Ogie. They have the audience in absolute stitches from the minute they open their mouths! Every single thing they do has the audience in fits of laughter. McBrayer especially has a natural comic side to him and wins the audience over from the moment he steps on stage, the pair have the audience in the palm of their hands as the loveable, nerdy characters we come to know and love seeing their relationship blossom during the show.
Marisha Wallace brings down the house with her killer vocals and her sassy witty one liners as Becky, she’s the protective friend over the girls and the audience absolutely adored her. ‘I Didn’t Plan It’ was absolutely incredible and Wallace’s slick vocals and riffs are to die for. The ensemble are simply brilliant too!
Waitress has a brilliant score, fabulous script and an incredibly talented cast, the theatre smells of pies too! What’s not to love? Make sure to grab yourself a delicious pie from the lovely front of house team during your trip! Flavours available are Apple, Banoffee and Chocolate Salted Caramel. I died and went to pie heaven after tasting! After all, it only takes a taste!